Smell a rose in Bertha's Rose garden at Sammy Marks Museum

Zwartkoppies Hall is the Victorian mansion where businessman and entrepreneur Sammy Marks and his family lived from 1885 to 1909. Sammy Marks built his legacy over a period of 40 years. The legacy has lived beyond 100 years. It is this spirit of entrepreneurship that we display in the Museum. Sammy Marks arrived in South Africa with a case of silver knives as his only valuable possession, and became one of the first entrepreneurs, playing a significant role in mining, industrial and agricultural development in the country. Ninety eight percent of the household contents in Sammy Marks Museum originally belonged to the Marks family. Sammy Marks got an Italian artist to paint the walls of his mansion 'to look like satin'. The paintings in the billiard room were done on silk and pasted onto the ceiling.

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